The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is a liberal religious congregation whose mission is to transform
ourselves, our community and the world through acts of love and justice. Our vision is Grow. Connect. Serve.
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"Life Is Jazz"
Date: Mar. 1, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Brooks and Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. Description: The hallmark of jazz is the way musicians improvise around a theme. Life is like that, and each one of us is a musician playing our own instrument. Life challenges us to improvise, to adapt, to listen to others while playing our own song. We call on all our senses as we learn to be flexible, to be attentive to others and to colloborate harmoniously with them. The ability to improvise helps us to live our UU values in the real world. This service is for all ages and features the UUCF Houseband. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: None.
"Creating Justice: UUCF Steps Forward (Part 3)"
Date: Mar. 8, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig and Acting Minister for Social Justice John Monroe. Description: As Rev. Jennifer and Rev. Julie travel to Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the fateful march in Selma, Rev. Laura and John Monroe challenge us to follow our own call to social justice. Over the next five years, our Reach capital campaign will create unprecedented resources to help us serve the broader community and live our UU values in new, bigger ways. It’s up to us to create the vision and make it happen. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: RE classes are all in session. Grades K-6 begin in the Chapel.
Worship Café is a new and more intimate way to explore our worship topics through music, readings and small group conversations. Every Saturday, starting Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary Commons.
A community in mourning
We mourn the loss of our beloved Pawel Jura, Director of Music and Arts, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday night. In the short time since Pawel arrived at UUCF in August 2014, he wove loving bonds of collaboration, compelling music and love for the arts. In the days to come, may we keep before us his warm smile and beautiful spirit. I offer you this prayer in gratitude and sorrow. Jennifer “Prayer for the UUCF Community” Life passes so quickly, and loss can be so unexpected. As we gather in community at this moment of sorrow, may we support and comfort one another. May we cherish the beautiful moments we have together. In our grief, may we feel more strongly our connections to one another. In our loss, may we treasure more deeply those we love. In our consciousness of absence, may we be fully present to one another. Let it be. Click here to share memories and photos of Pawel.
Three pre-candidates chosen
Jan. 26, 2015. The Parish Minister Search Team has reached agreement on three parish minister pre-candidates. Over the next two months, we will explore every aspect of our mutual fit with each of them. The common sentiment among PMST members is that each of the ministers we interviewed would have been excellent, but the final three are truly exceptional. We know you have high expectations – so do we – and so do these pre-candidates. We are indeed blessed and lucky. In our next communication in early April we will announce the name of the candidate we have chosen. Right after that announcement, we will schedule Candidating Week activities. (For those who have already offered suggestions, thank you). In the meantime, enjoy the vibrant activities at UUCF and prepare yourself for the exciting changes to come. Save the dates Candidating Week is Apr. 18-26. Members vote on whether to call the candidate as our new parish minister on Sun., Apr. 26, 12:30 p.m. With excitement for the possibilities ahead, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team
Impressive list of ministerial applicants
Jan. 12, 2015. This is a time when the excitement of unknown possibilities begins to manifest into reality. One week ago, the Unitarian Universalist Association sent us the list of ministers interested in our settled parish minister position. The list of individuals – with their stories, strengths and accomplishments – was impressive. A few relevant facts: 47 UU congregations are now in search. 86 ministers have expressed interest in at least one congregation. UUCF received 23 applications; one quarter of all ministers in search expressed interest in considering our position. Of our 23 applicants: Ministerial experience ranges from 1 to 28 years. And, many of the applicants had significant and impressive careers before coming to ministry. 11 identify as female; 12 male. They come from across the United States. They come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a variety of family circumstances. At least two applied only to UUCF. The PMST has been studying ministerial records and working feverishly to learn as much as possible about each person. In the next few weeks we will hold Skype/FaceTime interviews with those candidates we believe are the best fits for UUCF. Based on those interviews we will identify and more fully evaluate a much smaller group of pre-candidates, leading to the selection of a final candidate. As a reminder, candidating week will be Apr. 18-26. That’s when the top candidate visits UUCF for the week, preaches at all services on those two weekends and meets lay leaders and staff. The week culminates in a member vote about whether to call the recommended candidate. We have gotten good initial feedback from the applicants about the quality of our Congregational Record, our comprehensive survey results and the high-quality feedback we provided through the small group forums and interviews (for those that did not see this data, it is available here). At this time, PMST communications will become more quiet. We have moved our PMST meetings off the UUCF campus to ensure the privacy of our applicants. We will let you know when our pre-candidates are selected. In the meantime, as always, please reach out to us if you have questions. With love, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team Previous “Search Updates“